St. Mary’s project earns LEED certification

A massive addition to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction has earned certification for energy efficient construction, a first for a Western Colorado hospital.

The Century Project at St. Mary’s Hospital earned silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The third-party certification program offers a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

The Century Project included a new 12-story, 434,000-square foot patient tower as well as 60,000 square foot of remodeling work in the existing portion of the hospital. A work in progress for more than four years, the budget for the Century Project totaled $276 million, making it one of the largest and most expensive undertakings in Grand Junction history.

Beaudin Ganze Consulting Engineers (BGCE) provided  fundamental and enhanced commissioning authority services for the Century Project from design through construction. The firm also performed commissioning authority services for a central utility plant that serves the entire medical campus. Commissioning is the process of verifying that the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, controls, hot water and other systems of a facility are designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained according to their operational requirements. BGCE has been involved in 27 LEED-certified projects.

Other construction and design leaders who contributed to the Century Project included Perkins+Will/Chamberlin,  design; FCI/McCarthy, construction manager and general contractor; and Jacobs Engineering, program manager.